Buckeye, KY, United States (4E) – Two tobacco farm workers were killed and three others were injured in Kentucky after they were struck by lightning on Wednesday.
Scottie Elam, 25, and Bobby Maggard, 29, both workers at Wilmont Farms, were the fatalities, according to Garrard County EMS Supervisor Tim May.
The men were killed on the spot when the lightning struck the raised beams used by workers to hang tobacco leaves for drying.
Three other workers in the barn suffered minor injuries while two more were unharmed. One of the injured was hospitalized.
The incident happened around 2 p.m. in the barn off Oscar Ray Road in Madison County. Garrard County Coroner Daryl Hodge told WKYT that the EMS men performed CPR on the dead victims but failed to revive them.
Maggard’s father was in another barn and tried to get the workers out before the lightning struck.